Named by Lonely Planet as one of the world’s best regions to visit, Taranaki is famed for its picture-perfect mountain and black sand surf beaches that create the region’s relaxed coastal feel.
While the vibe is unashamedly laid back, the region is making a name for itself for its mix of outdoor adventure and urban sophistication: world-class art galleries, unique events and remarkably good coffee.
The best of Taranaki
- Mount Taranaki – Visitors can climb this dormant volcano or explore the trails in Egmont National Park. A day hike up Taranaki’s Pouakai Crossing is the best way to get a shot of the mountain reflected in a tarn at sunset – the descent is in the dark, so a guide is recommended. Top Guides offer several options.
- Walk the coastal walkway – Suggest your clients explore New Plymouth’s 13km award-winning coastal walkway featuring Len Lye’s Wind Wand sculpture and the Te Rewa Rewa Bridge.
- Surfing – Follow Surf Highway 45 to discover dozens of breaks and fabulous swimming beaches, or in April get amongst the surf festival.
- Arts – Discover art installations, sculptures and galleries including The Len Lye Centre, a stunning homage to the artist and home to the Govett Brewster Gallery. Thousands of exhibits, hundreds of models and a canal boat ride bring local history to life in the Tawhiti Museum.
- The Forgotten World Highway – Suggest your clients experience the pioneering landscape of the Forgotten World Highway on modified rail carts and bikes, journeying to the historic republic of Whangamomona.
- The Pouakai Crossing at the foothills of Mount Taranaki is a good alternative to the popular Tongariro Alpine Crossing. It is quieter and boasts towering cliffs, a mighty waterfall, a sphagnum moss swamp and stunning views.
Videos on the Region and other New Zealand Regions
Taranaki Regional Tourism Organisation (Venture Taranaki)
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